“The secret things belong to the Lord our God, but the things that are revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may do all the words of this law” (Deuteronomy 29:29 ESV).
Have you ever wondered why God doesn’t whisper secret things and deeper revelations in your ear? Do you get tired of reading the words of Scripture over and over without receiving new insights?
The explanation is actually very simple.
In 2015 I was told by my doctor that I had type-2 diabetes. She told me that I needed to change my diet and start to exercise. I have to admit, I was upset that I had to give up eating raw cookie dough by the pound, pounding Pepsi by the liter, or eating a full-day’s worth of calories in one meal.
I started a diet and started walking…a lot. When I had been at this for a couple of months, I felt that I had gained enough fitness that I could probably start riding my bike. To make a long story short, I shed 40 pounds and got off all of my meds except for the migraine meds. It didn’t happen because I was waiting for the weight to drop off before I started. I didn’t get to a 100-mile bike ride, 70.3-mile half-Ironman triathlon, or 26.2-mile marathon by waiting until my fitness improved. It happened because I did what I knew to do from day one. I followed the advice given to me until I knew my body could handle more because I had become more fit.
It is exactly the same in the spiritual realm. In the same way that it would have been unthinkable for me to achieve the fitness goals that I have without starting small, God doesn’t take a new believer and launch a worldwide ministry overnight. God requires of us that we grow and mature before He entrusts us with deeper things.
We must be faithful in the small things before we can be trusted with the bigger things (Matthew 25:21)! We must be obedient to do the things we know God wants us to do before we can take our spiritual maturity any deeper!
God wants us to mature sooner rather than later, but maturity starts with one simple act of obedience, one simple act of faith, one simple act of surrender. “When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I gave up childish ways. For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known” (1 Corinthians 13:11-12 ESV).
May we all surrender just a little bit more today…now.
Blessings on your day!